Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holiday Season Tips From A Professional Pet Sitter

Tis the Season when we dog sitters become inundated with last minute requests for pet sitting. Please keep pet sitting requirements in mind when you are making your vacation plans. I highly recommend you book peak vacation times (Christmas, Spring Break, Easter, etc.) as far in advance as possible to ensure your favorite sitter is available to care for your pooch.

Before you go away on your next business trip or family vacation, remember to speak to your family vet and forward an “Absent Owner Consent” form or ensure you have filled out the one we keep on file at Love on a Leash. In the event of an emergency your wishes will be met and your pet will receive proper care administered immediately.

  • The following list helps ensure your dog receives the best of care while you are away:
  • Ensure all your dog’s daily requirements will be met – food, water, medication, walks, kisses and hugs.
  • Inform your family vet you are away and who your pet sitter will be.
  • Discuss your pet’s current health concerns with your vet & your wishes regarding the care of your pet while you are away.
  • Ensure your pet-sitter has the following information:  your contact information, vet contact details, pet emergency preferences, and adequate supply of medications & full disclosure of your dog’s health history & concerns, plus financial information for emergencies.

Remember that all pet sitters are not the same. Ask for references and credentials. Ideally your pet sitter should be licensed with the city they are working in, as well as bonded and insured. Your pet sitter should be certified in pet first aid and belong to a professional organization such as Pet Sitter’s International or the All Canadian Pet Sitters Network. Also, your sitter should have a web site posting information and rates in a professional and concise manner.              

As an accredited pet sitter, I can tell you that we take our job seriously and will do everything in our power to ensure your dog’s stay with us is as comfortable, safe, fun & loving as possible for your dog.

At Love on a Leash we truly adore our doggy clients and they love us right back!  Drop by our web site to see what our customers are saying.

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